Pollinator Monitoring Study

Pollinator Monitoring Study

Pollinator Monitoring Study
One of the bee traps at the Five Points Black Grama Grassland Site.  Photo taken July 27, 2009.

Pollinator Monitoring Study

Pollinator Monitoring Study
Brenda Nieto collecting samples from a bee trap at the Five Points Black Grama Grassland Site. Photo taken July 27, 2009.

Pollinator Monitoring Study

Pollinator Monitoring Study
Amaris Swann putting together supplies for collecting samples for the Pollinator Study.  Photo taken September 21, 2011.

This study is designed to look at community or population level fluctuations in bees over the season and on a long term basis, over years. Funnel traps are a very low maintenance method of trapping pollinators with zero human bias. The bias of the traps is that the color determines the species and sexes that it attracts. Therefore the traps provide relative abundance that can be compared over the season or year, but individual species cannot be compared within a season. This study is designed to be compared with the data from SEV137 Phenology, to look at spatial and temporal patterns within pollinator and flowering plant communities. Data is not available at this time, but the species list is.